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Christina Brusig
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Next Generation of Fabulous

That is how First Lady Michelle Obama described the recipients of the 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. In tandem with her tireless work for returning veterans and their families, her focus has always been on the young people of this country.

The first lady presented the awards last Tuesday, at the White House, to 12 of the nation’s best youth programs that use arts and humanities to develop skills and increase academic achievement. Mrs. Obama continues to urge ongoing funding and support for arts and humanities programs, which she said also teach students problem solving, teamwork and discipline.



“There are millions of kids like these with talent all over the place, and it’s hidden and it’s untapped and that’s why these programs are so important,” Mrs. Obama said. “We wouldn’t know that all this existed without any of these programs and that would be a shame.”

We couldn’t agree more!



The focus of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts has always been the creation and delivery of top-tier arts education programs and to make sure that everyone has the same chance to succeed. We never slow down in developing the fresh approach, the new idea, the educational partnership and the funding sources that allow us to tap the endless reserves of artistic promise we see everyday in our students.

We watch as timid becomes confident, sad becomes happy and promise becomes fulfillment.

Dancing in the Devereux

One of the best examples of problem solving, teamwork and discipline will be on display tonight at the annual launching of the holiday season at the Hotel Colorado Tree Lighting. You are invited to a free performance, from 4:30-5:15 p.m., as our dance companies light up the Devereux Room and begin the holiday celebration when this legendary hotel switches on over one million lights!

We’re Thankful for You and Leaps of Imagination!

I want to take this opportunity to thank every parent, every student, every staff member and every financial supporter in our town that made our bold choices become reality this year. As we approach the end of 2015, year-end charitable giving is the story I will keep telling – the tale of community involvement, feeling good about doing something good and making all of the difference — one child, one event, one exhibit, one initiative at a time.

From $500 to $5,000, you will provide a scholarship a semester of classes for a child in need, support our general operating expenses, and allow us to maintain our quality programming. You will help us to sustain our collaborative partnerships, undergo building improvements and continue to market to under-served populations. You will help us reach our sustainable financial goals, like setting up our first ever donor database and supporting our development and grant-writing processes. You will help us grow and improve internal processes as well as expand the number of cultural events and art experiences we can offer our community.

“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”

— Gloria Steinem

Christina Brusig is the executive director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. She can be reached at christina@glenwoodarts.org.


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